Willy Street Co-op’s Eat Local Challenge – How Local Will You Go?
Our second annual Eat Local Challenge will run September 5–October 2, 2011. Sign-ups will start Aug. 26th. This year you can sign up for only the last two weeks or for the entire Challenge.
What is the Eat Local Challenge?
We’re challenging YOU to eat more local foods, whether they’re from farmers’ markets, CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture), your garden or our store. Last year over 650 people took the Challenge, and we’re hoping to double that number this year.
Why eat local?
Local foods tend to be fresher than those shipped from across the country or farther away, and fresh food has more nutrients. Transporting food long distances requires more fossil fuels and packaging than those grown and prepared closer to home. You’re also supporting your local farmers and keeping the agricultural viability of their communities alive.
(Willy Street Co-op defines “local” as within 150 miles of the State Capitol building or anywhere in Wisconsin.)
How Local Will You Go?
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REAP Food Group – Research, Education, Action and Policy on Food Group (REAP) is building a regional food system that is healthful, just, and both environmentally and economically sustainable. REAP connects producers, consumers, policy makers, educators, businesses and organizations to nourish the links between land and table. REAP is committed to projects that shorten the distance from farm to table, support small family farmers, encourage sustainable agricultural practices, preserve the diversity and safety of our food supply and address the food security of everyone in our community.
Check out the online version of their 2011 Farm Fresh Atlas, a great resource.
If you don’t own a copy of From Asparagus to Zucchini: A Guide to Cooking Farm-Fresh Seasonal Produce,it’s an invaluable cookbook, especially if you are interested in eating local!